Friday, 3 October 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - A Y JACKSON - RED TREES - - DAILY PAINTWORKS PICK OF THE DAY

Red Trees by Sea Dean

RED TREES by Sea Dean
6" x 2" on Strathmore Windpower
 
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I'm a bit late honouring A Y Jackson whose birthday was today, but I started painting just before midnight, inspired by reading about the great master. His early plein air work was far more delicate and impressionistic than the later work we are familiar with. I wanted to capture his soft but intense colours and a very loose interpretation of one of his early works was the result.

A Y Jackson Radium Mine

A Y JACKSON

Alexander Young Jackson, CC CMG (October 3, 1882 – April 5, 1974) was a Canadian painter and a founding member of the Group of Seven. Jackson made a significant contribution to the development of art in Canada, and was successful in bringing together the artists of Montreal and Toronto. He exhibited with the Group of Seven from 1920. 

In addition to his work with the Group of Seven, his long career included serving as a war artist during World War I (1917–19) and teaching at the Banff School of Fine Arts, from 1943 to 1949. In his later years he was artist-in-residence at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, Ontario

THE GROUP OF SEVEN, sometimes known as the Algonquin school, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, originally consisting of

Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945),
Lawren Harris (1885–1970),
A. Y. Jackson (1882–1972),
Frank Johnston (1888–1949),
Arthur Lismer (1885–1969),
J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932), and
Frederick Varley (1881–1969). Later,
A. J. Casson (1898–1992) was invited to join in 1926;
Edwin Holgate (1892–1977) became a member in 1930; and
LeMoine Fitzgerald (1890–1956) joined in 1932.
Two artists commonly associated with the group are
 
Tom Thomson (1877–1917) and (1871–1945). Although he died before its official formation, Thomson had a significant influence on the group. In his essay "The Story of the Group of Seven", Lawren Harris wrote that Thomson was "a part of the movement before we pinned a label on it"; Thomson's paintings "The West Wind" and "The Jack Pine" are two of the group's most iconic pieces.

Emily Carr was also closely associated with the Group of Seven, though was never an official member.

Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, The Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement. The Group was succeeded by the Canadian Group of Painters in the 1930s, which radically included female members.


Cat # 14158 Red Trees